Jermain Defoe rescued Sunderland a Vital point with a 94th minute penalty against Stoke.

Sunderland had a penalty shout for handball waved away on the 30th minute when a Deandre Yedlin cross clearly hit Geoff Cameron on the arm.

Peter Crouch seemed to foul Younes Kaboul when heading the ball down for Marko Aurnautovic to volley past a helpless Vito Mannone.

Defoe squandered his chance six yards out when his right footed Volley was fired over the bar.

As news filtered in of a Newcastle win, Yann M’vila played a ball into the feet of Defoe who was clearly fouled by Cameron. Defoe slapped his penalty into the bottom right corner.

A poor performance from Sunderland but as Allardyce said “A brilliant point in the end!”

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Newcastle sit one point above Sunderland but the Black Cats have a game in hand. Norwich also have a game in hand but I do feel it’s going to be a two horse race between the two North East clubs now. Sunderland have two massive home games to Chelsea on Saturday and Everton (game in hand) midweek. Newcastle play Aston Villa away which was where they were most recently relegated back in the 2008/09 season.

What did we learn from the trip to the Britannia? Or the Bet365 stadium as its soon to be…

1. Sunderland were poor…But still picked up a point.

At this stage of the season it’s all about results and not necessarily performance. A point rescued away to Stoke City in the 94th minute, yes…But it’s a point and that could be the difference between staying up and going down. The team never stopped fighting and made it happen.

2. Jermain Defoe to the rescue!

Pundits, journalists, fans, you name it; they’ve all said the key to Sunderland’s survival is going to be number eight on the premier league all time scorers list. With 14 goals in the premier league this season, the black cats would probably be relegated now. Looking back, a straight swap for Jozy Altidore might have just been the best bit of business Sunderland have done in the past four or five years! It’s important for Defoe to continue his goal-scoring form into the three cup finals ahead.

3. Dame N’doye is still the second worse striker we’ve had after Jozy Altidore.

As much as I wanted the signing of N’doye to work, it really hasn’t. Apart from the one goal he’s scored at home, it’s fair to say Dame hasn’t quite set the world alight. His performance against Stoke on Saturday really was below par and he was lucky to finish the game after coming off the bench.

4. Wahbi Khazri to start the next game on the bench?

It’s fair to say Khazri has been very ineffective over recent games. He’s known for his set pieces and apart from the odd one, they really haven’t been great. Maybe Wahbi just needs that one season to adapt his game. Duncan Watmore is a candidate to start ahead of Khazri in Saturday’s game.

5. Three games to make it happen.

It’s now or never, three cup finals to keep Sunderland AFC in the Barclays Premier League. It’s in our hands and that’s the good thing, but we have to show the fighting spirit we’ve shown over the past few years to keep this club where it belongs.

As always, lets do what we always do and get right behind the lads come three o’clock Saturday afternoon. Ha’away the lads!!